It being October, Halloween is mysteriously on the mind. October tends to be the month that cinemas fill with horror movies, scary books come out, and well, ghost stories are on the mind. I know multiple GMs like to go a little extra with spooky themed adventures and on.eshots. So today I want to ask, what is your favorite setup for a spooky adventure?
Do you like ghost stories? Haunted houses? Headless horsemen? What have you used? What do you want to use?
My personal favorite, and probably the easiest to run, is the empty house. It doesn't have to be a house, it can be a starship or anything. The point is that whatever it is is void of people, and the mystery of where they went is the adventure. The lack of anything going on, nobody around, and scattered hints to what might have happened can just naturally ramp up tension and the spookiness factor.
I've had players jump in their seats because someone elsewhere in the house left and tension was that high. It can be a lot of fun.
The hard part of course is you need a pay off, and that can make or break the session. But as long as you know the cause of the mystery having an even break isn't super hard to get.
What about you?